What is Apologetics?

Apologetics may be simply defined as the defense of the Christian faith. The word “apologetics” derives from the Greek word apologia, which was originally used as a speech of defense or an answer given in reply. In ancient Athens it referred to a defense made in the courtroom as part of the normal judicial procedure. After the accusation, the defendant was allowed to refute the charges with a defense or reply (apologia). The word appears 17 times in noun or verb form in the New Testament, and both the noun (apologia) and verb form (apologeomai) can be translated “defense” or “vindication” in every case.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

How to Get Apologetics In Your Church Series at Apologetics 315

Why Apologetics Matters to Every Believer and Every Church* 
by Lenny Esposito

“Apologetics? What are you apologizing for?” “Is that a class that husbands are supposed to take?” “What is that?” These are questions I hear frequently whenever I mention the study of apologetics. It probably comes as no surprise the word “apologetics” is foreign to most people, even who are a part of the Christian church. Evangelicals, who define themselves by their passion to follow Jesus’ command to “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations”(Matt. 28:17) will usually look quizzically ... more »

Editor's Note:  If you are not familiar with Apologetics 315 and the first series of installments on "How to Get Apologetics Into Your Church", you can obtain the first edition by clicking here.

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